General Technology Grant
For the past 19 years the South Central Kansas Library System has made available to its membership the General Technology Grant Program. This grant currently distributes $60,000 per year in maximum $2,500 matching grants. There is no limit on the number of technology item(s) requested, including software. The grants are aimed at assisting the membership with the purchase of small technology projects such as:
- New computers
- Switches and routers
- Software solutions
- Other library related technologies
For automation-related items, please see the Automation Grant. Automation items such as automation systems, automation upgrades, circulation computers, public access catalog stations, barcode scanners, and receipt printers must go through the Automation Grant now. Please note that a library may get both a General Technology Grant and an Automation Grant in one calendar year.
The General Technology Grant Program now runs in three rounds annually. Please see the timelines below for the dates of each round. A round ends as soon as one of the following occurs: (a) the funding limit of $20,000 per round is reached, (b) 15 complete grant applications have been accepted, OR (c) on the closing date of the grant round.
Quotes for the items being requested must accompany your general technology grant. You can click here to view the standard configurations available through SCKLS.
If you are requesting only items from the standard configurations page, you do not need to send a copy of the standard configurations page along with your application. If any of the items you are requesting are not on the standard configurations page, then quotes for those items must accompany your application. Please note that as with all quotes, these are estimates only and that pricing at the time of order may vary. If your item is from your own vendor, please contact them for the quote. If you are wanting a quote from SCKLS for an item not on the standard configurations page, please contact Robyn Bravi at
Member libraries are eligible to receive ONE General Technology Grant per year as long as funds are available and the request meets grant requirements. School districts and libraries with more than one branch are considered a single entity and can only submit one request per agency per year. Please see the Guidelines
(also linked to below) for further information.
Timeline - Round 1
Timeline - Round 2
January 19, 2017
March 31, 2017 (OR when funding limit is reached, OR when 15 complete grant applications have been accepted)
- Award by: April 21, 2017
- Eligible purchase(s) must be made between January 1, 2017 through November 17, 2017
- Copy of final paid receipt due: November 17, 2017
- Opens: May 1, 2017
July 31, 2017 (OR when funding limit is reached, OR when 15 complete grant applications have been accepted)
- Award by: August 18, 2017
- Eligible purchase(s) must be made between Jan 1, 2017 and March 2, 2018
- Copy of final paid receipt due: March 2, 2018
Timeline - Round 3 - Now Closed
- Opens: September 6, 2017
November 30, 2017 (OR when funding limit is reached, OR when 15 complete grant applications have been accepted)
- Award by: December 15, 2017
- Eligible purchase(s) must be made between Jan 1, 2017 and July 6, 2018
- Copy of final paid receipt due: July 6, 2018
Grant Information & Forms
- An application will be posted here when a round is open. Round 3 of 2017 has closed, and the next round will be Round 1 of 2018.
Have a question? Contact the General Technology Grant Manager